October 30, 2014
animals, avoid meat and sex, gila monster, global ecology and biogeography, igor purlantov, lizards, reptile species, reptiles' secret to a long life, researchers, ripe old age, tel aviv zoo
Why do some animals live to a ripe old age—a Gila monster at the Tel Aviv Zoo, for instance, is well over 40—while their compatriots die young? For snakes and lizards, at least, the answer seems to be to eat more veggies and have less sex, according to a new study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. An international group of researchers collected data on 1,014 reptile species and analyzed factors affecting their life spans. The scientists also looked at distribution maps for each species and assessed the temperature, rainfall, and general productivity of each area where the lizards lived.
October 29, 2014
animals, beagle freedom project, beagles, entire lives in cages, first taste of freedom for six overjoyed animals, first time, grass, igor purlantov, romp playfully
These beagles, who had lived their entire lives in cages, romp playfully in the grass for the first time ever, thanks to the Beagle Freedom Project.
October 9, 2014
20 adorable animals that dislike the vet, adorable, animals, anxiety, beloved pet, cute animals, dentist appointment, igor purlantov, puppy face, trip to the vet
An animal’s equivalent to a dentist appointment is a trip to the vet. They can put on their best puppy face and try as hard as they want — even hide in the sink at the doctor’s office — but the visit is inevitable. Despite putting your beloved pet through so much anxiety, your little ball of fluff is just as cute when they’re a ball of nerves.Sorry, cute animals, but there is just no escaping a trip to the evil vet — no matter how adorable you look.
September 24, 2014
amazing recyclers, animal kingdom, animals, eco-friendly, five incredible ways animals recycle, game strategies, humans, igor purlantov, recycle, search engine, wildlife can teach us
From running a search engine to game strategies, we all know that humans can take some notes from the animal kingdom. Here’s another lesson that wildlife can teach us: recycling. While we’re still figuring out how to recycle right, some animals have already mastered the eco-friendly practice. Click through for five of the planet’s most amazing recyclers.
September 23, 2014
250 left in the wild, animals, big cats, brink of extinction, cats, four year study, igor purlantov, malaysia's tigers, new report, rare malayan nearly extinct
Malaysia’s tigers have all but disappeared, and poachers from nearby countries have pushed them to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. A four-year study of the country’s big cats—the first scientific count ever conducted—discovered far fewer tigers than previously estimated, reporting as few as 250 left in the wild. Previous estimates had the country’s tiger population between 500 and 1,500.